Poptop.fm, a Ukrainian service that allows users to hire musicians and photographers, has won a grant from the British government and relocated to Newcastle, project CEO Evgeniy Shestopal told Ukrainian tech blog AIN.UA.
The startup has been invited to the Sirius Programme, which attracts entrepreneurs from all over the world who have the goal of opening offices in the United Kingdom and the launch of products in the British market. The project received investment totalling 12,000 pounds per employee, a free office in Newcastle, and access to the Ignite 100 accelerator programme. The programme began in mid-November and will last a year.
The team is currently preparing to launch in the British market, in which Shestopal see greater potential. “Most of our competitors work on a ‘call center’ model, acting as a medium between the customer and client. We are offering a platform through which the customer and client interact directly, which means that our customers receive a more honest price quote and our musicians receive greater conversion to orders, while we guarantee ourselves an easily-scalable business model,” says Shestopal.
Poptop.fm has operated in the Ukrainian market since November 2013 and has generated 250 requests for musicians monthly.